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BSc (Hons) Finance, Operations Research, Management and Statistics (with a year in industry)

Use mathematics and statistics to analyse businesses' financial risk and operational strategy

Year of entry: 2020

UCAS code

NG36

Institution code

Y50

Length

4 years full-time

Typical offer

AAB (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2020 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fees

£17,890 per year (2020/21)

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Develop your mathematical and statistical skills and prepare for a career in quantitative business analysis.

You'll learn to use sophisticated tools from a broad range of mathematical disciplines, such as calculus, linear algebra, probability and statistics, to sharpen your mathematical and statistical reasoning. Alongside this, you'll develop an in-depth knowledge of the context in which business analysts, quantitative finance officers ('quants') and operations managers work.

You'll expand your knowledge of theoretical concepts, with a particular focus on finance and operations. Spending a year in industry is an opportunity to apply the techniques you learn to practical business problems.

This course is taught in collaboration by the Department of Mathematics and the York Management School.

Year in industry

Gain management-related experience, apply your academic knowledge and improve your employability.

Course content

You'll study mathematics and management modules throughout your degree, giving you access to academic experts in both disciplines. As you progress, you'll develop your skills, learning new techniques for analysis and applying them to practical issues facing organisations.

Option modules allow you to tailor your course to suit your interests and goals, exploring new areas of study or revisiting previous topics in greater depth.

In your third year, you'll undertake a 12-month paid placement in industry. You'll develop your understanding of business and management, apply the theories you've learned and gain useful experience for your CV.

Study abroad

There are opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course:

Year 1

In Year 1, you take modules in mathematics, statistics, accounting, finance and economics that will give you a strong foundation on which to build advanced skills.

Core modules

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.

Year 2

Core modules in Year 2 introduce new techniques and concepts, and give you a chance to use complex models for data analysis and operations research. You'll also choose one option module, which will give you a deeper understanding of how businesses operate.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one of the following options:

Year 3

A year in industry gives you the opportunity to apply your academic learning to a real-life business. Salaries for these placements are typically £14,000 - £18,000, but have been as high as £45,000.

Our dedicated Placements Office advertise hundreds of vacancies each year. You can find placements in all sorts of industries, all over the world. If you have an idea of where you'd like to work, our team can help you find and apply for a suitable position. In recent years placements have included:

  • Morgan Stanley
  • Intel
  • GSK
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Ernst & Young
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Tech Data

Year 4

Your final year covers advanced statistical and financial skills, in addition to new topics, such as game theory and decision theory. Option modules allow you to focus on areas which interest you and include opportunities to work on real-life issues with a business consultancy project.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one of the following Mathematics options:

Choose two of the following Management options:

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Learning by design

Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Formulate mathematical models to describe operational and financial risks, and apply these models to problems in the real world and reflect critically on model assumptions and limitations. 
  • Deploy the methods of logical reasoning and the techniques of mathematical problem-solving to analyse the properties and consequences of financial and operational models. 
  • Apply economic, financial and accounting knowledge in an operational context to develop modelling solutions that are informed by financial theory and reflect business and managerial realities. 
  • Use the techniques of mathematical statistics to draw inferences from the application of operational and financial models to data and quantify the uncertainty in these inferences. 
  • Apply advanced data-analytical, computational and programming skills to the implementation of operational and financial models. 
  • Communicate the results and insights of operational and financial analyses to stakeholders with differing levels of quantitative expertise. 
  • Operate as an effective manager by maintaining awareness of key ethical issues, continuing to deepen and expand their knowledge and recognising how operational and financial practice impacts on stakeholders and society.

UK top 10

10th equal for business and management studies
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2020

93% student satisfaction

We're 1st for 'Overall Satisfaction' in Management Studies among Russell Group universities included in the 2019 National Student Survey.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 £17,890

Additional costs

You may find it useful to buy textbooks, and for some modules this may be required. Textbooks usually cost around £30 - £60 each.

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK/EU: further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International: fees for international students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at 2% per annum.

More information

For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.

Funding

We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2020/21 throughout the year.

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award

“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”

The TEF Panel, Office for Students, June 2018

Our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award demonstrates our commitment to the delivery of consistently outstanding teaching and learning for our students.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

Your mathematics modules are delivered through lectures, problems classes and small group teaching. Lectures describe the content to be learned; problems classes put it into practice. Small group teaching in seminars and tutorials allows you to get close support from your tutors to clarify concepts and discuss your ideas.

Lectures in accounting and finance introduce specific techniques, which you will practice as part of your independent study. You can discuss and clarify the application of techniques in seminars and to reflect on your learning. You can get further support, either one-to-one, or in small groups in scheduled feedback and consultation sessions.

Timetabled activities

In your first year, you can expect:

Lectures11-12 hours per week
Seminars3-4 hours per week
Practicals0-1 hours per week

These figures are based on an average student in an average week. Your contact hours will vary throughout the year due to your module choices, non-compulsory classes, exam periods and changes to scheduled activities.

Outside your timetabled hours, you'll study independently. This may include preparation for classes, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision.

In the UK, full-time students are expected to spend 1,200 hours a year learning. That's about 40 hours of classes and independent study each week during term time. Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours you spend on independent study will be different to other students on your course.

Teaching location

You will be based in the Management School on Campus East. Most of your teaching will take place in the Law and Management Building, with additional contact hours elsewhere on Campus East and occasionally Campus West.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Most of your modules conclude with a traditional closed exam, which will test your knowledge and ability to apply your skills.

You will have some scope to choose forms of assessment that you prefer through selection of option modules. You can pick modules which emphasise presentation skills, essay writing or exams.

Throughout your course you will complete work which doesn't count towards your final grade, which you can discuss with your tutors. This will allow you to practice your skills and extend your learning. It's a chance to discover your strengths and identify areas for improvement before your final exams.

Careers and skills

Our bespoke employability sessions help you identify and improve your skills. Our dedicated support team will help you to build an employability portfolio and to present yourself at your best for the next step of your career.

Our graduates go on to careers in all aspects of business and management. Many progress to postgraduate degrees at York and other leading universities.

Career opportunities

This course will prepare you for careers such as:

  • Data analyst
  • Financial analyst
  • Operations manager
  • Quantitative consultant

Transferable skills

  • Problem-solving
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Computer programming
  • Time management
  • Communication and reporting

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
A levels

AAB including A in Mathematics

Cambridge Pre-U D3, D3, M2 including D3 in Mathematics
European Baccalaureate 80% overall, including 85% in Mathematics
International Baccalaureate 35 points including Higher Level 6 in Maths

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Qualification Minimum requirement
IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
PTE Academic 61, with a minimum of 61 in Writing and no less than 55 in all other components
GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language) Grade C
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 176 with a minimum of 176 in Writing and no less than 169 in all other components
TOEFL 87, with a minimum of 23 in Writing and a minimum of 21 in all other components
Trinity ISE III Merit in all components

For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.

Applying

To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

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